Hospitality

  • March 27, 2017

    Seminoles Want To Join Suit Over Slot Machine-Style Games

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked Friday to intervene in a lawsuit over “pre-reveal” slot machine-style games after a Florida judge ruled these games with predetermined outcomes are not slot machines under state law, a decision the tribe says could run afoul of its $3 billion gambling compact with the state.

  • March 27, 2017

    Fla. Gov. Orders Legal Contracts Review, With Nod To Speaker

    Florida's governor opened a new front Monday in his feud over the state House speaker's efforts to eliminate several state economic incentive programs, ordering agencies to report on legal services contracts following news that one of those programs had employed the firm where the speaker works.

  • March 27, 2017

    Darden Beats TM Suit Over LongHorn 'Can't Fake Steak' Line

    Casual dining giant Darden Restaurants Inc. on Monday beat a trademark lawsuit that claimed a “You Can’t Fake Steak” slogan used at its LongHorn Steakhouse infringed a “You Can’t Fake Fresh” tagline used by a Florida seafood chain.

  • March 27, 2017

    Judge Urged To Nix Antitrust Suit Over Card Shuffling Patents

    Scientific Games Corp. and Bally Technologies Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday to dismiss a card shuffling company's antitrust claims that the pair tried to defraud the patent office, saying another court already found their patent claims had a sufficient legal basis.

  • March 27, 2017

    Rothschild PE Firm, AccorHotels To Buy Potel & Chabot

    Private equity firm Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and AccorHotels have signed a deal to acquire the entire share capital of French hospitality firm Potel & Chabot Group, a two-century-old company with sales of about €100 million ($105 million), AccorHotels said Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    DOI Urges Judge To Nix Calif. Tribe's Suit Over Casino Project

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a California federal judge Friday to toss the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ challenge to a departmental decision to issue procedures to allow a neighboring tribe's casino project, saying the government didn't need backup from the state's governor.

  • March 27, 2017

    Wal-Mart Escapes $70M Suit With Judge’s Restaurant Ruling

    A New York federal judge has thrown out a putative class action against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over a potentially $70 million claim involving uniform upkeep, ruling that the ex-employee who brought the suit didn’t work in the store’s deli department, which doesn’t qualify as a restaurant anyway.

  • March 27, 2017

    ‘Manure Nutrients’ Don’t Absolve Alleged Polluter, Court Says

    A California federal judge on Friday shot down Hollandia Dairy Inc.’s bid for a quick win in a suit brought by a resort owner related to an environmental cleanup dispute with San Diego County, rejecting the dairy company’s attempt to pass off alleged lake pollution as “nutrients” found in cow manure.

  • March 27, 2017

    Racetrack Exec Calls SEC's $8M Judgment Request Excessive

    A former chairman and controlling shareholder of a Texas racetrack who was recently convicted of securities violations has asked a Florida federal court to deny the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request for an approximately $8 million judgment and other penalties as excessive and contrary to law.

  • March 27, 2017

    Longfellow Nabs $78M Loan From Citizens Bank, Capital One

    Citizens Bank NA and Capital One Financial Corp. have loaned $77.5 million to Longfellow Real Estate Partners LLC for a technology-focused office project that will include restaurant and retail components, according to a release Monday from borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • March 27, 2017

    NFL Owners Vote To Let Oakland Raiders Move To Las Vegas

    The Oakland Raiders will move to a new home, likely in Las Vegas, after NFL owners voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of relocation on Monday, making the historic franchise the second NFL team to announce plans for a move this year.

  • March 27, 2017

    NJ Case Isn't A Panacea For Sports Betting Proponents

    The U.S Supreme Court could resolve a states' rights issue if it takes up New Jersey's challenge to the federal sports betting ban, but sports betting proponents may be out of luck since it's unlikely the justices will issue an opinion that enables setting up a federal betting system.

  • March 27, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon Capital, Baywood Hotels, XIN

    Beacon Capital is reportedly close to buying a San Francisco office tower, Baywood Hotels is said to have landed $15.4 million in financing for a Florida project, and XIN Development reportedly scored a $108 million loan for a New York condo project.

  • March 27, 2017

    Houston Hotel Must Prove Hail Damage Or See Suit Fail

    A Houston hotel has roughly two months to put up or shut up if it wants to continue its bid to get Lexington Insurance Co. to pay $2.7 million for a new roof, a Texas federal judge ruled Friday, saying the hotel has until May to provide the documentation Lexington has been seeking for years, or the suit will likely be tossed.

  • March 24, 2017

    Liberty Mutual Looks To Fight Off Judge Recusal Bid

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. fought back Friday against a bid by Commercial Concrete Systems LLC to disqualify a Florida federal judge from adjudicating a breach of indemnity agreement suit, arguing the judge's brief stint as a lawyer at the firm advising Liberty does not indicate bias.

  • March 24, 2017

    Sanum Still Looking For $200M Award With New York Suit

    Sanum Investments Ltd. continues to try and enforce a $200 million award issued by a Singapore tribunal against Laotian companies accused of pushing it out of a casino venture, with a New York state lawsuit Thursday arguing the win must be confirmed.

  • March 24, 2017

    Baseball CEO Calls Privileged Docs In Expansion Suit 'Unfair'

    The CEO of the Rockford Aviators baseball team in the independent Frontier League said that a team owner in the league cannot raise attorney-client privilege over certain discovery documents in the case, telling an Indiana federal judge on Thursday that the owner’s designation is too broad.

  • March 24, 2017

    Blackstone Exits SeaWorld In $429M Stake Sale

    Private equity giant Blackstone Group has agreed to sell its roughly 21 percent equity interest in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. to an affiliate of Chinese investor Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. Ltd., the companies said Friday, in a deal worth about $429 million.

  • March 24, 2017

    Cosi Files New Creditor-Backed Reorganization Plan

    Bankrupt fast-casual restaurant chain Cosi Inc. filed a new Chapter 11 reorganization plan backed by its official committee of unsecured creditors on Thursday in Massachusetts bankruptcy court.

  • March 24, 2017

    Arby's Faces Consumer Class Action Over Data Breach

    Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. was slapped with a proposed class action in Georgia federal court Thursday alleging that the fast-food chain’s lacking data security measures left the door open for a breach that went undetected for nearly three months, leaving consumers’ information compromised.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Why Tribes Should Be Careful With Bankruptcy Practices

    Lynne B. Xerras

    In Casino Caribbean v. Money Centers last month, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ruled that tribal sovereign immunity is not abrogated by Section 106 of the Bankruptcy Code. This decision makes it clear that many bankruptcy courts do not consider Native American tribes to be "governmental units," say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Real Win For Virtual Casino: Lessons For Game Developers

    Christopher Queenin

    The Fourth Circuit's recent ruling in Mia Mason v. Machine Zone provides guidance to video game developers on how to avoid being accused of creating or supporting unlawful gambling or being liable under gambling loss recovery statutes, says Christopher Queenin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • 4th Circ. Joint Employer Test Is Incredibly Broad

    Kurt G. Larkin

    The Fourth Circuit’s recent panel decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, which creates an altogether new and incredibly broad joint employment standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act, makes the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris joint employment standard seem temperate at best, say Kurt Larkin and Ryan Glasgow of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • The Legalization Of Sports Betting: Lessons From Nevada

    Dennis Gutwald

    For now, Nevada operators have a monopoly on legal sports betting while other states are faced with prohibition. With the increasing likelihood that sports betting soon will be legalized in many states, there are five key things to know about Nevada’s success, says Dennis Gutwald of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.

  • Employer Hope Amid Pending Wage And Hour Law Changes

    Daniel A. Krawiec

    While there is presently a sea of confusion and uncertainty swirling around U.S. Department of Labor overtime exemptions, employers can take solace in the fact that a recent decision from a Florida federal court demonstrates potential jurors are able to understand the proper use of exemptions and apply them fairly and to the benefit of employers accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, says Daniel Krawiec of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.